Grammy award-winning musical artists Hootie and the Blowfish are stepping up their charity efforts by donating the rights to their hit song “Hold my Hand” to aid the working poor.
The native Columbia, South Carolina band is teaming up with Benedict College Gospel Choir to produce a new a capella recording of the song, with all proceeds benefitting The Cooperative Ministry, a non-profit that serves the working poor in Columbia.
“I was blown away by the choir’s a capella interpretation of the song and decided–right then and there–to find a way to make it available for download, and give away the proceeds,” says songwriter and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, who is spearheading the project dubbed “With a Little Love.”
The song is now available for download on music sites, including iTunes, as well as the project’s website. A video documentary is also available there.
Hootie and the Blowfish was originally formed in 1986 at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld, and Mark Bryan. They have since found their singles on various Billboard charts . Their debut album, Cracked Rear View, went platinum 16 times.
Benedict College is a private, co-educational liberal arts institution also in Columbia, SC.